Alka Seltzer and Angina Pectoris have all the luck ― bad, that is.They've been ejected into the street because their apartment was put to sleep, Angina had to abort their child (the result of a malfunctioning Safe-Sex bodysuit) ― how could it get worse? When a friendly stranger offers them his apartment, things seem to be looking up... but then Angina gets a call from the Netherworld. It's her aborted fetus: he's drunk and he's pissed off. So begins Pixy, which Neil Gaiman calls "the best comic I've read this year" ― a 65-page journey into a nightmare world unlike any you've ever seen before. The rest of the book follows Alka's attempts to infiltrate the Kingdom of the Dead (where time runs backwards and is sold by the pint to time-addicts), in order to track down the malevolent Pixy and kill him for good. Shedding bodies and identities with some regularity (Pixy himself blows one to smithereens), Alka finds his own sense of reality eroding further and further during his sojourn down under ― and it doesn't help at all when Pixy, now his best friend, accompanies him back up to the Land of the Living, where the gun-happy undead sprite wreaks unspeakable havoc. Pixy is the first major work by Swedish cartoonist Max Andersson, and it combines the freewheeling-yet-obsessive graphic and narrative weirdness of such contemporary North American cartoonists as Chester Brown, Julie Doucet, Kaz and Charles Burns with a bizarre yet coherent story that mixes coal black humor, barbed satire, wild surrealism, and stark horror in a totally new way ― a feast for the (preferably deranged) mind and the (preferably diseased) eye.
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Born in 1962, Max Andersson is a comic artist, animator, and filmmaker. from Karesuando, Sweden. He studied graphic design at RMI-Berghs in Stockholm and film production at New York University. His graphic novel Pixy was published by Fantagraphics Books in 1993, making him one of the first contemporary Swedish cartoonists to be published in the United States. Other notable works include the series Death & Candy, contributions to the anthology Zero Zero, and the graphic novel Bosnian Flat Dog, done in collaboration with artist Lars Sjunnesson. Andersson and Sjunnesson also produced a feature film, Tito on Ice (2012), documenting their promotional book tour through the former Yugoslavia with a dummy corpse of Marshall Tito.From Booklist:
You think you've got troubles? Meet Alka Seltzer and Angina Pectoris. First, their safe-sex suits malfunction just before they're put out on the street because their apartment building is being put to death. Later, their aborted fetus (remember those safe-sex suits) makes harassing phone calls to them from the kingdom of the dead. So Alka heads for the netherworld, where time runs backward and is bought and sold as a commodity, to track down Pixy (the fetus) and kill him for good. Instead, Alka and Pixy become buddies and return to the land of the living to wreak havoc. In his first major work, Swedish cartoonist Andersson creates a disturbing universe in which people shed bodies and take on new ones with casual frequency, money is bred on farms, hungry houses eat their inhabitants, and wisdom is found on milk cartons. In its graphic and narrative approaches, Andersson's work has been compared to that of alternative-comics artists Chester Brown (Yummy Fur) and Julie Doucet (Dirty Plotte); a noncomics parallel would be Eraserhead, drawn by George Grosz. Andersson, however, is a genuine original, and Pixy should make adult-comics readers eager to follow his career. Gordon Flagg
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